Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Opening statement - Sessions

Using MS Word to summarize Sessions' opening statement:
Frankly -- but activism by a growing number of judges threatens our judiciary. Who the judge is and whose side the judge is on, not the law and the facts, will determine the outcome of a case.

This result-driven philosophy of activism does not respect law. Judges are thus encouraged to liberally interpret the words to reach the results a judge believes is correct. Activist Supreme Court judges have done this in recent years by saying they are interpreting the plain words of the Constitution in light of evolving standards of decency. We must never abandon our ideal of unbiased judges, judges who rule fairly without regard to politics.

Our nation cries out for judges who love the law and who work every day to uphold its moral authority. The people rightly demand judges who follow, not make law.

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